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Well-known Zune tattoo fan gives up on MS

updated 03:10 pm EDT, Wed July 23, 2008

Zune Tattoo Fan Gives Up

Microsoft's most ardent supporter of the Zune is giving up on the player despite having gone to the extent of receiving three Zune-themed tattoos, according to a statement by the fan himself. Having earned a reputation as one of the most avid early adopters, Steven Smith now says he will hide the tattoos and largely exit the community after disappointment at the lack of changes both to the Zune itself as well as to integration between the Microsoft-designed player and to integration with the Xbox 360, which shares the same points system but doesn't let users share videos between formats.

"I have had the Zune since day 1 and have noticed little improvement," Smith says. "I have tried my best to support them every step of the way but the recent Xbox Live announcement at E3 made me lose it."

The fan adds that he's likely to buy the third-generation Zune expected at the end of this year but admits that he may use "some of the competiton" in the meantime.

While the gesture itself is largely symbolic, it reflects a public frustration with the player expressed by both some fans and potential buyers, many of whom have criticized Microsoft for relatively conservative updates to the player since it was introduced in November 2006. The device still misses support for audiobooks and movies, and just received official TV show support in-store as of May 2008, roughly two and a half years after the first TV shows became available through iTunes.

Microsoft for its part has continued to pledge support for the Zune and this year stepped up its update schedule, releasing a mid-year update rather than only adding features when new hardware appears in the fall. The company has said that it will ultimately introduce a touchscreen and other new features to the Zune, but has yet to commit to any particular timeframe.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Grendel2501

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Who owns the Zune?

    I have only ever met 2 people that actually own one. Neither of them were friends.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    but tattooing yourself for a product? Seems like a really stupid thing to do.

  1. jltnol

    Joined: Dec 1969




    I mean who really cares anymore...

    Comment buried. Show
  1. GORDYmac

    Joined: Dec 1969




  1. suhail

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Why would anyone buy a Zune? Get an iPod Touch, or even better an iPhone. You at-least have an app-store.

    I don't know, maybe zune enough.

  1. slider

    Joined: Dec 1969


    He has some valid points

    But seriously, did he expect M$ would suddenly change? Here's a clue: M$ intros a new OS, and it doesn't support the Zune on release.

    M$ has a lot of products and that's great, but they have no one looking at the bigger picture, ie they all have their own dept. heads. Jobs is that guy for Apple, he's involved with the overall experience of each product and gets the integration thing. Ballmer should be that at M$ - whether that speaks to Ballmer himself or to the M$ corporate mentality is anyone's guess.

  1. digid

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Microsoft has discontinued almost every piece of hardware they have ever made, and dropped support for it soon after. Anymore remember the Microsoft networking stuff. Remember the phone they had out. It is just a matter of time before this too becomes discontinued.

  1. manleycreative

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Yo Yo what a phat spliff

    Wow, why support Zune especially this early in it's existence when it hasn't done anything? The iPod has an established culture and following. You gotta really love MS to get tattoos. Which I don't understand since MS is not exactly synonymous with counter culture. Getting tattoos of a Zune? That's like, oh I don't know, as one comedian said... taking a BIC lighter in for repairs.

  1. Herod

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Jack A.. Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

  1. chas_m



    Oh noes!

    The Zune has lost its fan!!

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